The VASIMR plasma rocket engine is capable of propelling a spacecraft to Mars in about 39 days. This advanced space propulsion system has been developed by the Ad Astra Rocket Company (AARC) headed by former NASA astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz. AARC is a leading spaceflight technology company that is developing the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) technology.
Researchers are pinning their hopes on the telescope to study the very onset of the universe without the process being disturbed by radio interference from Earth. The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope, to be planted on the moon’s far side, would be tasked with analyzing radio waves originating from space. It would be able to observe the universe in wavelengths reflected by Earth’s atmosphere. Such wavelengths could uncover important cosmological or extrasolar planetary signatures that would otherwise not be detected.
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Virgin Galactic has revealed its latest suborbital spaceplane, a vehicle that looks similar to its existing SpaceShipTwo but incorporates significant structural improvements. The vehicle, built at Virgin Galactic’s facility in Mojave, California, is ready for ground tests there, with a flight test program at Spaceport America in New Mexico slated to begin this summer. Virgin Galactic’s spaceships are designed to take people and scientific experiments to and from suborbital space on rocket-powered space tourism flights.
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The original Star Trek series introduced the concept of the “warp drive” for faster-than-light interstellar travel. Then, in 1994, a physicist by the name of Miguel Alcubierre proposed a solution of Einstein’s general relativity field equations that might, in theory, allow such a drive to be developed. Since that time, various researchers have refined the original concept of the Alcubierre Drive to solve some of its inherent problems. This video report provides an introduction to this fascinating propulsion concept and explains how it would work.
Mars’s two moons, Phobos and Deimos, have puzzled researchers since their discovery in 1877. They are very small: Phobos’s diameter of 22 kilometers is 160 times smaller than that of our Moon, and Deimos is even smaller, with a diameter of only 12 kilometers. Earth’s moon is essentially spherical, while the moons of Mars are very irregularly shaped. They look more like asteroids than natural moons.
This led people to suspect that they might in fact be asteroids that were captured in Mars’s gravity field. Captured objects would be expected to follow an eccentric orbit around the planet, and that orbit would be at a random inclination. However, the orbits of the Martian moons are almost circular and move in the equatorial plane of Mars. So, what is the explanation for the current orbits of Phobos and Deimos? To solve this dynamic problem, researchers relied on computer simulations. They came to the conclusion that Phobos and Deimos are the remains of a larger Martian moon that was disrupted between 1 and 2.7 billion years ago.
Researchers Say They’ve Solved the Puzzling Mystery of the Moons of Mars
If travel to distant stars within an individual’s lifetime is going to be possible, a means of faster-than-light propulsion will have to be found. To date, even recent research about superluminal (faster-than-light) transport based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity would require vast amounts of matter with “exotic” physical properties such as negative energy density. This type of matter cannot currently be found or manufactured in viable quantities. In contrast, new research carried out at the University of Göttingen gets around this problem by constructing a new class of hyper-fast ‘warp bubbles’ using sources with only positive energies. This reignites debate about the possibility of faster-than-light travel based on conventional physics.
Breaking the Warp Barrier for Faster-Than-Light Travel
Brave, the privacy-focused web browser, is currently preparing to launch its own search engine for desktop and mobile users, according to recent reports. The company’s goal is to offer a complete package of browsing and search untouchable by the Masters of the Universe. Soon Brave will be providing a search and browsing experience to its users that is entirely free of Big Tech’s influence.
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NGC 2336 is the quintessential galaxy — big, beautiful and blue — and it was captured in an image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The barred spiral galaxy stretches an immense 200,000 light-years across and is located approximately 100 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe).
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A new approach to solar panels attempts to generate energy during the night, when there is no sunlight to turn into energy. This new invention could make solar a more efficient and reliable option for energy generation.
These Anti-Solar Panels Don’t Require Daylight to Generate Power
by Joe Martino | Collective Evolution
Energy is one of the most important elements to any functioning society, and since our modern era of living uses so much power, the industry is always looking to evolve towards newer and more efficient solutions. Furthermore, given the environmental damage that often comes with many of our modern energy generation practices, people have been thinking outside the box to come up with ideas that are harmonious with mother nature.
Japanese scientists have discovered a mechanism that allows people to get rid of the so-called senescent cells and thus halts the aging process, with the possibility of administering a drug that can trigger this mechanism in 5-10 years, professor Makoto Nakanishi of the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, said.
Japanese Scientists Say Use of Anti-Aging Drug May Begin in 5-10 Years
The Comet That Killed the Dinosaurs: New Theory on Origin of the Chicxulub Impactor
by Harvard University | SciTechDaily
It was tens of miles wide and forever changed history when it crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago.
The Chicxulub impactor, as it’s known, left behind a crater off the coast of Mexico that spans 93 miles and goes 12 miles deep. Its devastating impact brought the reign of the dinosaurs to an abrupt and calamitous end by triggering their sudden mass extinction, along with the end of almost three-quarters of the plant and animal species then living on Earth.
A team of astronomers has confirmed the discovery of a planetoid that is almost four times farther from the Sun than Pluto, making it the most distant object ever observed in our solar system. The planetoid, which has been nicknamed “Farfarout,” was first detected in 2018, and the team has now collected enough observations to pin down its orbit. The newly discovered object has a very elongated orbit that takes it out to 175 au at its most distant point to around 27 au when it is close to the Sun. (1 au is the distance between the Earth and Sun.) Farfarout’s journey around the Sun takes about a thousand years, crossing the massive planet Neptune’s orbit every time.
Astronomers Confirm Orbit of Most Distant Object Ever Observed in Our Solar System
A man in Scotland hopes to raise enough money to send a proponent of the Flat Earth theory into space so that they can see that the planet is actually round. He has launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at generating around $340,000 to secure a seat on a Virgin Galactic flight into space when such trips begin later this year. Once enough people have seen the rounded shape of the Earth from orbital altitude during rocket powered tourism flights, perhaps the Flat Earth theory will become a thing of the past.
Man Seeking Funds to Send Flat Earther on Trip to Space
This article serves as an introduction to the topic of planets outside of our Solar System, one of the most important areas of research in astronomy today.
What Are Extrasolar Planets?
by Matt Williams | Universe Today
For countless generations, human beings have looked out at the night sky and wondered if they were alone in the Universe. With the discovery of other planets in our Solar System, the true extent of the Milky Way galaxy, and other galaxies beyond our own, this question has only deepened and become more profound.
And whereas astronomers and scientists have long suspected that other star systems in our galaxy and the Universe had orbiting planets of their own, it has only been within the last few decades that any have been observed. Over time, the methods for detecting these “extrasolar planets” have improved, and the list of those whose existence has been confirmed has grown accordingly (over 4000 and counting!)